Holden Tower and Hides
Fantastic views of a Juvenile Cuckoo being fed by Reed Warblers along the walkway close to the Willow Hide, Guides will be here with a telescope to give amazing views through the day. At least 9 Green Sandpipers From the Robbie Garnett, Shelduck Chicks, 3 Avocets and 27 Lapwing.
Avocets with at least 2 broods including a brood of 4 several days old. Green Sandpiper 1, several broods of Tufted Duck and Shelduck and lots of newly fledged B H Gulls
Excellent close up views of an Avocet family with one young. 174 very bright Black Tailed Godwits with a single male Ruff among them. Over 30 Redshank scattered around and the Oystercatcher family with a well grown youngster close to the hide. A Little Grebe and the Great Crested Grebe with 3 small young were on the main lake. Adult and young Gulls everywhere and 9 teal scattered around. One adult Crane was visible in tall vegetation so young presumably still there.
More signs of return wader passage, 5 adult Dunlin and 3 very fine male Ruff all in full summer plumage were here, Three Redshank scattered around looked like breeding birds and 102 Lapwing were the bulk of the post breeding flock. Over 100 Teal, 4 Black Tailed Godwits were also seen. My highlights were good views of a female Yellow Wagtail and a very bright Linnet among the cattle and lots of Sedge and Reed Warbler activity in the reeds close to the hide.